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  • John McGraw's All-Time Team

    In John McGraw's autobiography, he ranks the greatest players he saw between 1890 and 1923. Here is the overall list from his best in NL, AL and baseball:

    1B - Sisler, Chance
    2B - E. Collins, Lajoie, Hornsby
    3B - J. Collins
    SS - Wagner, G. Davis
    C - Ewing, Bresnahan, Schalk, Criger
    LF - Duffy
    CF - Cobb, Delehanty, Speaker
    RF - Keeler, J. Kelley, Hooper, Ruth
    P - Mathewson, J. McMahon, Clarkson, Rusie, Johnson, Joss, Waddell, Rucker, Walsh, Bender

    He rated Honus Wagner as the best player he ever saw.
    "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
    "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

  • #2
    Originally posted by TonyK
    In John McGraw's autobiography, he ranks the greatest players he saw between 1890 and 1923. Here is the overall list from his best in NL, AL and baseball:

    1B - Sisler, Chance
    2B - E. Collins, Lajoie, Hornsby
    3B - J. Collins
    SS - Wagner, G. Davis
    C - Ewing, Bresnahan, Schalk, Criger
    LF - Duffy
    CF - Cobb, Delehanty, Speaker
    RF - Keeler, J. Kelley, Hooper, Ruth
    P - Mathewson, J. McMahon, Clarkson, Rusie, Johnson, Joss, Waddell, Rucker, Walsh, Bender

    He rated Honus Wagner as the best player he ever saw.
    I wouldn't have any problem with these rankings if it weren't for the fact that Delehanty only played about 12% of his career games in CF.
    "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

    Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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    • #3
      McGraw actually had Speaker playing LF to even out the positions(I moved him back to CF), so maybe he did the same with Delehanty?
      "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
      "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TonyK
        P - Mathewson, J. McMahon, Clarkson, Rusie, Johnson, Joss, Waddell, Rucker, Walsh, Bender
        Who is "J. McMahon"? I had never heard of him, I did a BBRef search and still no pitchers in any time with the last name McMahon and first name starting with J. Who is he?

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        • #5
          Sadie McMahon was McGraw's Baltimore teammate.

          http://baseball-reference.com/m/mcmahsa01.shtml

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 538280
            Who is "J. McMahon"? I had never heard of him, I did a BBRef search and still no pitchers in any time with the last name McMahon and first name starting with J. Who is he?
            Sadie McMahon. (John James McMahon). He was a teammate of McGraw during John's formative years with the old Orioles. McMahon had some outstanding seasons- the only year he had a losing record was the year his team went 56-91.

            I've attached a very detailed (especially for that era) account of McMahon's return to baseball in 1895, in case anyone is interested in the player, the old Orioles, or the era.
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